Copper Beech Pollen

The bees have been really very busy this morning, probably because the sun is shining and there isn’t much wind.

Last week they were bringing back mainly yellow pollen (see right) in their pollen baskets, but today a lot of it is red, with a few examples of green pollen and a little bit of yellow.

We looked at the reasons why bees collect nectar and pollen in the last post.

Using our colour chart and looking at what is growing around us, the red pollen that they are bringing back is probably from the Copper Beech trees. The green pollen that you can see is probably from Holly or Mountain Ash / Rowan trees and the yellow pollen is probably from the Common Beech that our many of our hedges are grown from, or from Dogwood.